New Era (Windhoek)

12 November 2012

Namibia: New Cricket Coach Starts Off With a Bang

Windhoek — Namibia's new cricket coach Doug Watson has begun his tenure with a big bang in his first series of matches in charge of Cricket Namibia in the three-day and one-day matches against the Griquas, recording wins in both formats of the game.

This is particularly significant in light of the team's performances during the last few seasons in the CSA competition.

In the three-day competition the team find themselves off the bottom of the log and moving up towards the middle of the log.

They are currently in the ninth position. This only after two matches and quite significant is the middle order batter Nicholaas Scholtz who emerged as the leading batter of the CSA three-day competition with an average of 74.

In the CSA one-day competition, the Namibians found themselves in the lead after two matches.

As the team prepare for the next set of fixtures in the CSA competition on the road, they will need to maintain the momentum. They will face Free State, Northerns and Gauteng all away from home before the Christmas break. (Find the rest of the season's fixtures below.)

In order to keep the foot on the pedal, Watson requested the assistance of long-time friend Fabian Oaxaruse to assist with national practice while visiting Windhoek.

"I am very impressed by the passion and work ethic of the U-15 and U-19 squads that I helped with. These guys are going to SA to play in the PG Bison and Khaya Majola Coke Weeks this December. Based on the fielding skills I am sure they will do well in those prestigious cricketing festivals," said an excited Oaxaruse.

When asked about the three away matches in SA over the next four weeks, Watson said: "I am happy with the guys' progress so far. The team knows that there is still a lot of cricket ahead this season and we will not achieve the targets set as a team without continued hard work. We will need to up the skill level of individuals and as a team we will continue to practise in pressure situations - all this will ensure we all enjoy the season and get the results we deserve."

The team departs on Wednesday for Bloemfontein before travelling to Pretoria the week after for matches against Northerns. Namibia will be on the road for two weeks.

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